monastery 4 or 5 miles. Built on jutting cliff 550 feet about the sea, good trail down looked like Arizona Grand Canon on small scale. Favorite bathing place - a hot walk down and up. The good “Black monks” gave us tea and allowed us to pay what we liked. The vegetation as we got farther from city improved. The general views like foothills of Sierra. Found many new to us plants on way down to sea. Oak, Ephedon loaded with red fruit something like cone, though berry. Elm, cercis, wild pear, corylus, larkspur, great variety of thistles, red and yellow, and Erigerons and other Compositae. Many mints, godetia, showy borage, warts, chicory, hollyhock (wild) and strangest of all a plant [illegible] well laden with white flowers which we could not make out until we stopped to examine. Proved to be various plants loaded with shells about inch long like Turritella; pendant, loosely attached fert Took them for crysalids, all alive, covered ground for miles and miles. July 11th. Had hot feverish night, glad to get away from Hotel Kist where we were charged separately for bed linen, and where the cooking is bad. Could eat no breakfast; dreaded the long drive to Yalta, but clouds came up cooling air and a few kopecks’ worth of peaches (early Alexanders) cured me or helped me. At 1:00 p.m. we drove through a handsome triumphal arch gate and came suddenly on a grand view of the sea.
Original journal dimensions: 9.5 x 16 cm.
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